From the cities to the mountains: Christian expansion, 350–400

Mark Humphries

in Communities of the Blessed

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269830
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683824 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

From the cities to the mountains: Christian expansion, 350–400

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This chapter examines the expansion of Christianity in northern Italy from ad 350–400. Many of the characteristics of the process by which Christianity spread through northern Italy in the 3rd and early 4th centuries are repeated in this later period. The diffusion of Christianity is uneven, varying from region to region and most of the new congregations lie along the road leading from Rimini via Milan and northwards into the Alps. There is also evidence of Christian penetration of the mountains and countryside along the route from Italy to Gaul through the Great St. Bernard Pass, and at Emona in the Julian Alps. The constant movement of people along these avenues of communication may have provided the ideal social conditions for the propagation of the faith.

Keywords: Christianity; religious history; congregations; growth of religion; northern Italy

Chapter.  6473 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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